Stallion Spotlight

Vitalis_img_4461skawx LL_Fotos

Real Estate Spotlight

untitled (115 of 123)-Edit
  • Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.



Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You�re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the Forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it�details of personal disputes may be better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts, though are not legally obligated to do so, regardless of content.

Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting. Moderators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts unless they have been alerted and have determined that a post, thread or user has violated the Forums� policies. Moderators do not regularly independently monitor the Forums for such violations.

Profanity, outright vulgarity, blatant personal insults or otherwise inappropriate statements will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

Users may provide their positive or negative experiences with or opinions of companies, products, individuals, etc.; however, accounts involving allegations of criminal behavior against named individuals or companies MUST be first-hand accounts and may NOT be made anonymously.

If a situation has been reported upon by a reputable news source or addressed by law enforcement or the legal system it is open for discussion, but if an individual wants to make their own claims of criminal behavior against a named party in the course of that discussion, they too must identify themselves by first and last name and the account must be first-person.

Criminal allegations that do not satisfy these requirements, when brought to our attention, may be removed pending satisfaction of these criteria, and we reserve the right to err on the side of caution when making these determinations.

Credible threats of suicide will be reported to the police along with identifying user information at our disposal, in addition to referring the user to suicide helpline resources such as 1-800-SUICIDE or 1-800-273-TALK.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it�s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users� profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses � Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it�s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who�s selling it, it doesn�t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions � Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services � Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products � While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements � Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be �bumped� excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues � Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators� discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the �alert� button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your �Ignore� list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you�d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user�s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 5/9/18)
See more
See less

Trailering: Should I Box Stall?

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Trailering: Should I Box Stall?


    So I have a decision to make and I would appreciate some input on it. I am making a 16 hour drive out to PA this fall for college. I have other people with me so we are only stopping for fuel and to give the horses breaks every 4-6 hours. I have a 1987 (used for 2 years then parked till 3 years ago when I bought it) Trail-et 4 horse straight load. It is 2 horses side by side, two doors, and then 2 horses side by side behind them. This gives me the ability to turn it into two box stalls. To get to the point, I can not decide if I should straight load or if it would be in the horses best interests to box stall them individually since I am only taking two with me? If I could get some opinions on this it would be much appreciated! Thank You!

  • #2
    IMO, if you have the ability to safely give them more room to stretch and move a bit, do it.
    ~~ How do you catch a loose horse? Make a noise like a carrot! - British Cavalry joke ~~


    • #3
      Definitely box stall for a long trip.


      • #4
        I would test your horse out locally first to see how they like the box stall. I have a 2+1 and was thinking for some of my long hauls would put my horse in the +1, however he isn't as comfortable in the +1 (restless and a bit anxious). He is 15 and has had a lot of trailer experience and is great in the "standing stall", so have decided not to take the chance and not to stress him out. The benefits of being able to stretch, do not outweigh the stress/chance of injury of him spinning.

        On some of the local days I have let him have the box stall to hang out in but he really isn't as comfortable in it as jumps and moves around at noises/movement on either side of trailer. Again when I tie him to cross ties in the +1 area he is perfectly behaved, but the freedom to move and look through all the different windows is a bit too much for him.

        My other older horse is perfectly content in the box stall area and I wouldn't have a worry about her hanging out in it for a long haul.

        So while I appreciate the thought that box stall would allow to stretch, I would see how your horses like it on a shorter distance first as for the long haul will likely be hard to put partitions back in on the move if they seem stressed.


        • #5
          Originally posted by 4LeafCloverFarm View Post
          IMO, if you have the ability to safely give them more room to stretch and move a bit, do it.
          Another view.

          Newton tells us that body at rest tends to remain at rest and a body in motion tends to remain in motion unless acted upon by an outside force.

          This means that if you are pulling your trailer at 60 mph you are traveling at 88 feet/sec. So is everything in your combination, including your 1000 pound horse. If you have to execute an emergency stop your 1000 pound horse will continue to travel at 88 feet/sec. until stopped by the physical structure of your trailer. If the horse is "loose" in a box there is no way to control that impact. If it is in a more restricted circumstance, as in a divided "stall" (either straight or slant) you can predict and control some of the consequences of that emergency stop.

          Sixteen hours in a trailer is approaching the max. time you'd like to run without unloading and giving the horse a several hour rest (not to mention the people ). The horse in the trailer is constantly working at a low level to balance itself while the trailer is in motion. I've heard it compared to moving at consistent, slow walk. Would you walk your horse for 16 hours and not give it several hours of rest? Even if you took short breaks every two to three hours? The straight or slant divider gives the horse something to "lean" on and that can help them to stay more comfortable while moving.

          I'm not a fan of boxes. They sound good to the human but IME are less good for horses.

          Mangalarga Marchador: Uma Raa, Uma Paixo


          • #6
            Many horses like to travel a bit tight, easier to balance than loose and needing to continuously balance on their own, without something to stop the motion.

            Others like to spread their legs to balance and single stalls make that hard for them.

            What does your horse like best?


            • #7
              Guilherme explained that better while I was typing, what he said.

              Commercial haulers have told me the same, most horses like to have walls around them when traveling and their bigger, heavier rigs tend to be more steady than regular trailers.


              • #8
                I'm with Guilherme. If you had a huge air-ride rig that's one thing. But a regular trailer (of any size) isn't the same as a semi equipped for the long haul. It's safety first for my horse and a smaller stall helps with that ESP if anything unexpected happens on the road! I would add that a trailer stall that doesn't have dividers all the way to the floor is best so your horse can spread his legs as needed for balance.
                Savor those rides where you feel like a million bucks, because there will be those where you feel like a cheap date...


                • #9
                  It has long been my observation that horses prefer to ride standing backwards on the diagonal.

                  I had one horse who made me grin. He would load, and flat refuse to turn around. I would release brake, and pause as horse turned himself around. Needless to say, he was loose in a box.

                  Eventing is not a short haul activity, a horse is going to be constantly rebalancing whether loose in a box or standing in cross ties.

                  Of course 14 hours is the longest continuous run I have ever made. With normal gas and pit, and check the horses stops.
                  Last edited by merrygoround; Jul. 12, 2019, 12:58 PM.
                  Some riders change their horse, they change their saddle, they change their teacher; they never change themselves.

                  Remember the horse does all the work, we just sit there and look pretty.


                  • #10
                    Most of my horses / ponies travel better (long hauls) in box stall design.

                    * However I have several who are better cross-tied in a straight stall with a buddy next door .

                    Depends on distance • trailer • horse • driver •

                    Good Luck ~ Safe travels !

                    Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "


                    • #11
                      OP, a trailer cam could help you there.

                      Watch the horse and change to loose or more confined as you see the horse is traveling best.
                      That may also change, at times loose may keep horse/s more contented, or fretting a bit too much?

                      I know our ranch horses, used to much hauling, were fine in our standard stock trailer, where they really are mostly loose.
                      We have now a stock trailer with a slant wall in front for a little tack room.
                      Horses seem more happy as they can lean on that a little.
                      Curious, that slant is the same they stand traveling when loose in the other stock trailer.


                      • #12
                        Note that my comments are NOT driven by a primary concern for the "comfort of the horse." I'm primarily concerned with the health, safety, and welfare of the horse and the same for the humans hauling the horse and in the immediate vicinity of the vehicle hauling the horse. If I can accommodate "comfort" for the horse I will do so; that would only be sensible. But if there has to be some "compromise" it's the soft "comfort" concerns that take the hit not the hard "safety" issues.

                        As in all things equine you have to follow the Golden Rule but put whatever you're doing into the context in which it is being done.

                        Mangalarga Marchador: Uma Raa, Uma Paixo


                        • #13
                          I am with G and all those who vote for the straight stall. Everything he said about the physics of emergency maneuvers....or even a hard stop say to contain the horse.

                          One time I was coming down a long hill with a traffic light at the bottom. Long sight distances and little traffic. I have plenty of distance between me and car in front. I figure car in front of me is going thru the intersection when the light turns yellow. But nooooo......this driver slams on his brakes and I had to put my horse into the breast bar, or we would have pushed the Toyota Corolla thru the intersection. Imagine how a loose horse would have scampered in that scenario.

                          I had a large Hano that bent the center divider because he liked to lean against it in turns. The divider developed a slight "bow" on the side he leaned against.

                          I have regularly trailered 15 hours up and down I-81 and never had a problem with the horse in a straight stall. I am old enough to remember standing stalls and horses managed quite well in them.
                          Do not confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress.
                          Alfred A. Montapert


                          • #14
                            One question-tag-a-long or GN?
                            Some riders change their horse, they change their saddle, they change their teacher; they never change themselves.

                            Remember the horse does all the work, we just sit there and look pretty.


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by merrygoround View Post
                              One question-tag-a-long or GN?
                              Dealer's choice, IMO!

                              I prefer the GN 'cause it's easier to maneuver. That might make a marginal difference in its favor. But probably not enough to worry about.

                              Mangalarga Marchador: Uma Raa, Uma Paixo


                              • #16
                                Is there such a thing as a 4 horse head to head bumper pull? Because I just assumed the OP was talking about a GN. Never occurred to me it could be a bumper pull.
                                ~~ How do you catch a loose horse? Make a noise like a carrot! - British Cavalry joke ~~


                                • #17
                                  All my trailering has been in a bumper pull...including the 15 hrs on the interstate.

                                  The physics of decelerating a 1000 pound mass (horse) loose in a trailer are the same, BP or GN. The difference between BP or GN is how the trailer reacts.

                                  The weak point of whether the trailer will come uncoupled is still the hitch and ball....whether in the bed of the truck or attached to a Class 4 hitch.
                                  Do not confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress.
                                  Alfred A. Montapert


                                  • #18
                                    I have done up to 16 hours in a day with my horses in a slant load and they have handled it just fine. I also have a stock trailer that I use for day rides, but I’m not sure I would use it for longer hauls. I think the horses tend to use the slants for support on the longer hauls, plus I think the slants help to keep the horses from getting thrown around more in case of an accident.
                                    Last edited by cutter99; Jul. 14, 2019, 02:40 PM.
                                    "You can't fix stupid"- Ron White


                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by cutter99 View Post
                                      I have done up to 16 hours in a day with my horses in a slant load and they have handled it just fine. I also have a stock trailer that I use for day rides, but I’m not sure I would use it for longer hauls. I think the horses tend to use the slants for support on the longer hauls, plus I think the slants help to keep the horses from getting throw around more in case of an accident.
                                      This ^^^^^

                                      Keeping a body restrained and from being thrown about in a vehicle in case of an accident is why we wear seat belts in a car. This is why I think the straight/slant load is a better configuration for trailering horses.
                                      Do not confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress.
                                      Alfred A. Montapert


                                      • #20
                                        Pluvinel, this is also a HUGE reason I restrain my dogs when traveling. I have a large one who travels in a harness that attaches to the seat belt, and a small one who is crated and the crate is then seat belted in place.

                                        Years ago in a safety meeting at work, we were shown an extremely graphic British video that depicted four friends out for a drive. All but one wore a seat belt. When their vehicle was hit by another car, the unrestrained passage became a projectile that killed the three restrained passengers. Just another reason I insist everyone in my vehicle wear a seat belt!
                                        "You can't fix stupid"- Ron White